Whether you plant seeds, participate in seed-swaps with other gardeners, or buy seeds from a reputable source like Ferry-Morse, growing flowers from seed gives you a wider variety of plants than you can get at the store.
Among the popular flower types you can plant this year are:
Sunflowers are an annual that bloom in late summer and fall. They are also low-maintenance and easy to grow.
Shop Local at Southold’s White Flower Garden (Photo credit: David Benthal)
On a drive through the center of Southold, it’s easy to be drawn into White Flower Garden, where co-owner and head florist Nathaniel Savage has curated an ode to all things natural, vintage and living. From hanging plants and loose floral stems to custom scents and vintage gardenware, White Flower Garden is the perfect setting where vintage items take on a new life.
1) Vintage pin frogs, prices vary
When arranging freshly cut florals from your garden, Savage recommends using reusable pin frogs over unsustainable floral foam.
2) Glass bulb vase, $32
The large bulb jar is perfect for starting amaryllis and watching as the roots grow.
3) Succulent arrangements, starting at $36
The hardiness of succulents means that even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can care for these. Savage’s arrangements of succulents come in a variety of shapes and sizes that are perfect for your home or to give as a gift.
4) Eden (custom scent), $36
Created especially for White Flower Garden by boutique Shelter Island-based perfumery 84.Shelter, this scent is described as “mossy, earthy, camphorous with musk and spice.” Available only at White Flower Garden.
5) Vintage ‘Wild Flowers of New York’ book, $45
This volume, first printed in 1919, includes prints of plants native to New York with care instructions for each. The perfect gift for bibliophiles and horticulturists alike.
6) Impression pottery, $45 (varies)
These custom pieces were crafted by North Fork artist Diane Burke by pressing native platings onto her pottery. No two pieces are exactly the same.
7) Jute gardening hat, $24
The joy of jute is that it’s sustainable and long lasting. These hats will keep the sun off your face while being malleable enough not to lose shape if you also throw it in your beach bag.
8) Vintage ticking apron, $48
Created locally for the shop, the apron features reinforced seams that are perfect for holding all of your gardening supplies.